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Baking and Food allergies….and tasty???

You bet!

Ok the taste isn’t always exactly like baked goods with butter/eggs/nuts

 

but the substitutions available make life easy…and…tasty food

If you also need to be gluten free…you’re on your own for that one

 

I am sharing what I have to deal with:

Dairy Allergy

Egg Allergy

Peanut Allergy

Treenut Allergy

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The only thing I’ve yet to find a “real” (ie workable) substitute for is whipped egg whites (for meringue)

beyond that in recipes that call for a whole egg or even two whole eggs you can substitute

1/4 cup of soy product(pureed tofu, soy cream cheese, soy sour cream) for each egg called for in a recipe

or

1/4 cup pureed banana or apple sauce

(if you are substituting fruit for eggs do not substitute fruit for oil as well or your end product will be gummy)

 

for butter I substitute light olive oil or coconut oil(technically coconut is a fruit not a nut at least that’s what the docs at children’s hospital tell us.)

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the other option you have that works especially well for making cakes is to add 1 tsp of baking soda per cup of flour

and for each tsp of baking soda needed add 1 tbsp of lemon juice or white vinegar to the liquid ingredients

 

this can be substituted into any recipe!

by using the following technique

mix together dry ingredients in one bowl

mix together all wet ingredients in another bowl

preheat oven to recipes temperature

get the pans ready(spray with oil)

then mix the two sets of ingredients together and pour into pans and pop into preheated oven

for a great recipe thats been around years check out

wacky cake(also known as depression cake)

If you are not as daring as I am you may want to check out a book from the library on allergy eating or go to one of the many sites available

Baby Cakes

Baby cakes is a awesome store several years ago we visited relatives in NYC and ate there…it was the first time my then 9 and 12 year olds ever had doughnuts from a bakery…I cried(well…I teared up)

I have checked out their recipe book occasionally and most of the recipes are vegan (no dairy or eggs) as well as gluten and nut free! yay!

but if you, like me don’t need to be gluten free the recipes can be a bit cumbersome as many require multiple types of flour and other ingredients you probably don’t have on ┬áhand

So I give then 8 doughnuts out of 10 for ease of use

Then there is Divvies

a bakery that is allergy free…..major YAY

and a cookbook that is easy to follow my kids absolutely love the “Pick your berry Muffins

The magazine “Living Without” also has some great ideas for food allergy eating

and beyond the three above there is always the Food allergy and anaphylaxis network(which I see has now merged and is called FARE) for ideas as well as other websites and books available to you.

always check labels

always be aware of possible cross contamination

Sign up for food allergy alerts(like when manufacturers label food wrong)

and finally

buy less processed, make more whole foods,

a favorite in my house is shredded bbq chicken

I purchase several packets of frozen or fresh boneless skinless chicken thighs

put it in a roasting pan or slow cooker

top with your favorite bbq sauce

and bake at 350 for several hours or until meat easily shreds

take care

stay safe

eat well!

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